Dental disease in pet dogs and cats is one of the most common problems seen in Veterinary practice. When tartar and periodontal disease are already present then ultrasonic dental de-scaling and polishing are the only way to bring teeth back to optimal health. Slow speed, thorough polishing is crucial (not just manual tooth brushing) to provide an ultra-smooth surface and reduce the on-going attachment of plaque and tartar. (Tartar is a mineralised hard build-up that can only be removed with de-scaling)
Dental procedures at Pride Veterinary Centre can only be carried out safely under general anaesthetic. A short, closely monitored anaesthetic makes the procedure quick and pain-free. Your pets’ general anaesthetic will be monitored by one professional whilst the dental procedure is carried out by another. A dental examination may sometimes reveal damaged gums and periodontal disease which mean teeth have to be extracted. Both dogs and cats manage perfectly well to eat both wet and dry food when teeth are missing. Once your pets teeth are back to clean condition, we would recommend tooth brushing and dental diets to maintain dental health.
The ideal way to look after your pet’s teeth is to brush them with a soft pet toothbrush and animal toothpaste at least 1-2 times a week (more frequently if possible). In the absence of tooth-brushing there are several things you can do to maintain your pet’s dental health. Feeding complete dental diets on a daily basis to form at least 30% of their food intake will help to reduce plaque and tartar build up and reduce the need for dental scale and polish procedures.
We have regular nurse clinics where you can see a Veterinary Nurse for dental advice.